I had cherished hopes that a “Saying Goodbye: Milton Bradley” post would be in order today. Instead today’s farewell is dedicated to a more favored fellow. Word has it that James Richard Harden will be a Texas Ranger just as soon as he passes a physical. Because he was a favorite of mine, I want Mr. Harden to have a proper sendoff. I wish him a future full of health, prosperity and Cy Young awards! Here are my reasons to love Rich Harden:
- He was nice to me.
- He is polite to rude people.
- We saw him twice in civilian clothing (August ’08, June ’09) and he was wearing the same shirt both times.
- His crooked little smirk is just adorable.
- He can pitch, too.
It’s something of a shame that Mr. Harden has to exit the NL now, as his hitting prowess was just starting to come out. But congrats to Rangers fans… you’ve got a good one.